Eric is located in and a native of Slidell, Louisiana. He is responsible for engaging, connecting and mobilizing communities around sustainability and adaptation in the face of climate change. Before working for the USHRN, Eric attended Millsaps College and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He returned home and began working as a water technician for the City of Slidell while volunteering with the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy to host People’s Movement Assemblies on Climate Justice in Mississippi and Louisiana. By late 2014 Eric began building the capacity and leadership of grassroots groups with the Gulf South Rising Initiative and helped to launch the Sustainable H2O cooperative business to advance the Human Right to clean water and against the privatization of natural resources. In 2015 Eric received the Just Transition Fellowship from the Climate Justice Alliance. Eric is committed to work that returns natural resources to the commons for the use and equal benefit of all humans. He has been inspired to challenge all systems that generate oppression by Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Colette Pichon Battle. Eric represents USHRN in the following allied spaces: US Climate Action Network; Southern Movement Assembly, Black Land and Liberation Initiative, and PXP NOLA.